WRC FIA 2010 Demo, a real rally game


It was not long ago I was moaning about rally games, yes Dirt 2 was great fun, but it didn’t feel like a real rally game. Yesterday WRC FIA 2010 demo showed up on Xbox Live (where is the promised PC demo?) and now the first thing I’m doing is moaning again. Yes it’s a real rally game, taking me back to the old days of long rides through paper tree countrysides, but all I can think about at first is how bad the menu system is.

It feels like a menu from a Playstation 1 game, so basic, so bland and so boring. Maybe it’s Dirt 2’s fault for full 3D swanky menu’s. But the first impression is awful. The menu is seriously dated, and jumping into your first race you fear the worst, psychologically you are expecting a crap game.

If you can get past this expectation, and even ignore the ageing engine, this is actually a good rally game. I didn’t see a single sole out on the course with me, which is EXACTLY what you want in a rally game, and I certainly didn’t hear Ken Block and chums screaming about how cool they are and what are the latest DC shoes you should be buying. This is a REAL rally game, with realistic damage modeling, so if you smack into a wall on the left (which I just did) expect to lose the front left suspension, duh?

This is just a demo, so maybe the menu will improve? I doubt it, but who cares, real rallying is back albeit hidden away behind the Dirt franchise shadow, which is a shame because I have a feeling this title won’t do so well. The marketing for this has been so low key, I had to hear about it from my casual gaming bro. Searching for details and media on it brings up little info, and good luck trying to find the PC demo that was supposed to be out yesterday (24th September 2010). [update : looks like this site may have the PC demo]

Still I should stop moaning, after all this is what I said I was waiting for right? A real rally game, there is no pleasing some people, especially gamers like me, who always find something to complain about. Writing this has left my Ford Focus idle in the middle of the Neste Oil Rally Finland, and my co driver just shouted ‘why are you wasting time’, nice touch. I better listen to him he is usually right.

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  1. #1 by Stu on September 28, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    Just a quick comment from the ‘casual gaming bro’….

    I have been looking forward to this release for a while, I’ve always loved a good rally game and now without my xbox 360 I am back on the pc. Yep it was a nightmare finding the pc version to download but on the whole, quite impressed with the gameplay, it definetly feels more like a proper rally game and I will definetly purchase the game on the 8th October.

  2. #2 by TheSquarePear on October 18, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    I think it’s a decent first go at the license and will no doubt be improved for 2011. It’s just a shame that the WRC has such little variety in the car department.
    Since when are hairpins long winding 2nd gear turns? Maybe RBR is the only rally game with real hairpins :).

    I like the setup options. At least there is more choice than in DIRT2 and the car can behave differently.

  3. #3 by TheSquarePear on October 18, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    You can get the demo on gamershell as well

  4. #4 by Rainbow on October 28, 2010 - 7:45 pm

    Can anyone tell me why my game crashes after I press race in the service area? I cannot even get the car on the road, let alone be driving in this game.. its concerning the demo btw

  5. #5 by Lc on October 28, 2010 - 8:20 pm

    Not sure dood, sorry

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